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Ryan Giggs still earning Wales football manager salary

30 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Ryan Giggs. Picture by lesbardd (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Ryan Giggs is still earning a salary as Wales manager despite being on leave since November 2020.

Welsh FA chief executive Noel Mooney has confirmed Ryan Giggs remains on contract and that he had spoken with him.

The manager is believed to be on a salary of around £400k, according to the Sun newspaper.

Giggs, 47, faces charges of causing actual bodily harm, common assault, as well as one count of coercive and controlling behaviour, and is due to stand trial beginning on 24 January at Manchester Crown Court.

Asked if Wales were still paying Ryan Giggs ahead of his court case, Noel Mooney replied: “He’s on a contract with us, yes.”

“I spoke to Ryan briefly when I joined,” he said. “I reached out to Ryan and we had a very pleasant phone call.

“We have two matches coming up very soon and Rob Page will be the manager for those two games.

“We’re just waiting. It’s in a process. We’re waiting to see how that pans out.”

Robert Page has been in charge of Wales since Ryan Giggs’ arrest, including Euro 2020, and will again coach the country in October’s World Cup 2022 qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Estonia.

Noel Mooney joined the FAW in August after 10 years at UEFA, most recently as the European football governing body’s head of strategic development.

He added that they were exploring the possibility of playing games at the Principality Stadium once more.

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